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Echmiadzin, Zvartnots & cousins

Armenia has tons of ancient monasteries and churches! The only surviving old structures seem to be churches. On Saturday, my dad’s friend drove us to Echmiadzin, which is the HQ for the Armenian apostolic church. I was sort of expecting more, it being the center of operations and all. Nonetheless, here are some pictures from that excursion.
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It turns out that just before our visit, Kocharyan’s son had wed singer Sirusho at Echmiadzin.

Afterwards, we stopped by Zvartnots, which is the ruins of a cathedral from centuries ago. All that’s remaining from the original cathedral is steps and columns.
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On the way back, we stopped in front of the house where my dad grew up. He didn’t even recognize where we were because the entire city has changed so much since he lived here. This is what it currently looks like.

That night, we dined at my mom’s cousin’s house. I had never met the family before but Annie and I became fast friends with the little girlies. This picture is of my mom sitting next to her two cousins (Haykuhi and Susan), with Susan’s daughters standing behind them.

Annie with her new BFs Gayane and Karine

Posted by NatalieSLC 16:07 Archived in Armenia Tagged family_travel

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I swear it felt like every stop we made in one of the tours was a church right??

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